MANCHESTER >> On Friday, Feb. 19, starting at 7 p.m., author Eric Shonstrom will present his new book "Wild Curiosity" at the Northshire Bookstore. This book brings together cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology research with experiences from the authors own life to explore what, exactly, makes us curious and why. Part memoir, part critique, this unrestrained book explores the applications of curiosity in our own lives and our children's lives. It provides fascinating examples of how books can change us, how wilderness adventures can be transformative experiences, and how following curiosity may be a radical and revolutionary act in itself. How to best innovate using curiosity as a starting point? How to find fulfillment through indulging our curiosity? Wild Curiosity investigates all these questions and more, and shows us how curiosity connects, compels, and defines us.
On Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m., Heidi Pitlor, author of the novel "The Birthdays" and editor of "The Best American Short Stories" as she discusses her newest book. "The Daylight Marriage" is a page-turning, riveting exploration of unexpressed love and unnecessary loss. As Stephen King quoted, "Hypnotically readaable — I absolutely couldn't put it down. The structure is brilliant, and I turned the pages with increasing dread. This book is terrific."
With haunting intensity, a seamless balance of wit and heartbreak, and the emotional acuity that author Heidi Pitlor brings to every page, "The Daylight Marriage" mines the dark and delicate nature of a marriage.
She has worked with Salman Rushdie, Alice Sebold, Richard Russo, Elizabeth Strout, and others. She is the author of the novel "The Birthdays" and her fiction and essays have appeared in "Ploughshares, the "Huffington Post and "Labor Day: True Stories by Today's Best Women Writers." In Fall 2015, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published "100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, "which she co-
edited with Lorrie Moore.